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Liberty Rally Falls Short Against Fordham
With the victory, the Rams up their record to 4-8 on the year, while the loss drops Liberty's mark to 1-5-1 in 2008.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third inning. The Rams put together a two-out rally, which was aided by three Liberty miscues, two of which led to a pair of runs.
Leadoff hitter Allison Twarowski drew a two-out walk to start the rally, followed by Melissa Andrews' base hit to left field. A passed ball allowed both runners to advance a base, but Liberty looked like it was going to get out of the frame when Jocelyn Dearborn grounded to short.
However, the ball hit up the middle got by Amber DePasquale, allowing both Rams to cross the plate and give Fordham an early 2-0 advantage.
Fordham added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Liberty committed two more mistakes, which led to a third run.
Andrews and Dearborn led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Erin Fisher grounded to J'nae Jefferson and the sophomore was able to force out Andrews at third. But her throw to first to try and turn the double play got by Beth Bennett, allowing both runners to advance.
Following a walk issued to Mary Beth Puccio, Allison Storc lofted a ball to shallow center field where a charging Jessica Leary was able to get under it. But the ball glanced off her glove, allowing Dearborn to score the unearned run and give the Rams a three-run lead, 3-0.
Liberty quickly cut the lead back to two in the top of the sixth inning, when Shannon McKain connected on her second home run in as many games. The solo homer sailed well over the fence in straightaway center field and trimmed the margin to two runs, 3-1.
The Lady Flames continued to charge in the top of the seventh inning, as Jefferson singled through the left side of the infield, followed by a double to the fence by Keely McMillon, scoring Jefferson from first to trim the lead to one.
With a speedy pinch runner in Elena Lampman at second, Twarowski got her eighth strikeout of the game and a ground ball to end the threat, securing her first victory of the year.
Twarowski allowed the two runs on six hits, moving her record to 1-1 on the year following the complete-game victory.
Tiffani Smith suffered the loss for Liberty, allowing three unearned runs on six hits, walking four and striking out two to fall to 0-3 on the year.
Andrews paced the way offensively for the Rams, as she was a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate with a run scored. Dearborn followed as she was 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Cassie Hendrix led Liberty from the plate, as the leadoff hitter was 2-for-3 to run her batting average above the .400 mark (.409). McKain was 1-for-3, clocking her team-leading second home run of the year, while McMillon also was 1-for-3, driving in the Lady Flames' second run.
The Lady Flames will close out pool-play competition in the Pirate Clash later this afternoon, when Liberty tangles with the Towson Tigers for the second-straight weekend. The contest, which will be played at North Pitt Softball Field, is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.